Beyond the brash showmanship lies a young man punching and kicking his way his to the UFC Feather Weight Championship. The much anticipated championship fight on December 15th against Jose’Aldo was done in a 13 second flurry, the fastest championship knockout in UFC history. Aldo attacked first and landed one punch but McGregor countered with a hard right that connected and floored Aldo. McGregor pounced and finished with a couple of hammer blows. Unsurprisingly, that is the style that McGregor uses, fast and furious but with precision hits. There is no wasted energy, dancing and prancing and long grind out floor work, he gets the job done as quickly as he can.
The biggest weapon in his arsenal is his powerful and quick straight left hand that is like an air hammer. If he doesn’t smack you with that knuckle sandwich, there is a good chance he will land a kick upside your noggin with a wheel kick. The record shows it, 19 -2 spanning UFC and CWFC (Cage Warriors Fighting Championship) with 17 knockouts.
McGregor is just peaking as a fighter and will most defiantly be in the mix for a few years or as long as he can keep healthy. Now that he is on top, everybody will want a piece of him and to shut up him up. No doubt he talks a big game and that is part of the scene when you sign on to fight him, but you better have good plan to beat him. You will sustain blows and if you fend off most of them you might have an opportunity to grapple, if that is your game.
McGregor is the biggest show in town for UFC, taking that mantle away Ronda Rousey who is still smarting from her loss to Holm. The challenge now is to find worthy opponents who will keep the train moving forward. The world is in the palm of his hand now and it’s exciting for UFCto have another big time celebrity in their fold. I don’t know what motivates him now, there will be bigger paychecks or maybe he just wants build more of the legend and the brand. Whatever he does, he’s got the mojo going forward. Cheers to Conor McGregor!